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Irish Champion Stakes to kick off hectic end of season

With the horse racing season drawing to a close in the coming weeks, trainers and enthusiasts alike certainly have some high quality action to look forward to, with the Champions Weekend in Ireland, the Arc meeting in Paris, Champions Day at Ascot and the Breeders’ Cup in California all set to provide some of the most fiercely competitive meetings of the year.

First up is the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, where trainer Dermot Weld will be looking for another success with his prized asset Harzand. The €1.25 million centerpiece to Irish Champions Weekend is the sole Group One race in Ireland which doesn’t feature Weld on its roll-of-honour, and Dual-Derby winner Harzand is the overwhelming favourite among the bookmakers at present.

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Weather conditions look set to once again play a crucial role in proceedings in Ireland, and with Gleneagles withdrawing at the eleventh hour last time around, Weld will be hoping for favourable conditions for both Harzand and stablemate Fascinating Rock. The duo are currently at 7/4 and 5/1 respectively in the horse racing odds from bookmakers Betway, with Aiden O’Brien’s Minding separating the two at 7/2 on. Betway’s online betting guide provides a full run down of the latest news from around the horse racing world.

The start of October sees the world’s best meet at Chantilly in France, with Harzand and Minding this time joined by Postponed, who won the recent International Stakes at York for trainer Luca Cumani. The five-year-old currently heads the horse racing odds at Betway at 3/1 on, with Harzand and Minding further back at 5/1 and 8/1 respectively. Meanwhile, reinvigorated 2014 Melbourne Cup Winner Protectionist is almost certain to be given his chance in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on October 2 at Chantilly, and may well be worth backing, having claimed a first European success in the Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten recently.

Further afield, the Breeders’ Cup in California always provides one of the most anticipated meetings of the calendar, with California Chrome currently at 7/4 on with Betway having won the Dubai World Cup after a difficult 2015. Meanwhile, in the famous Breeders Cup Mile, Tepin is the favourite at Betway to defend his title from last time around, with the 2000 Guineas and St James’ Palace Stakes winner from 2016 Galileo Gold set to provide fierce competition with odds of 6/1.

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